Participant Terms & Conditions
The Georgia Unified Invitational is a sanctioned Special Olympics and an observed USA Swimming swim meet. This meet is governed under USA Swimming rules. The following are the terms and conditions for participation.
GUI- is the official acronym for the The Georgia Unified Invitational.
Participation- GUI is open to any athlete that is a current member of Special Olympics, USA Swimming, YMCA, Paralympics, US Master, or who is an uncertified athlete that has been certified through the GUI certification. process once the qualifying times have been met.
Affiliated Athlete- is a current athlete member in good standing with Special Olympics, USA Swimming, YMCA, Paralympics, or US Masters.
Unaffiliated Athlete- is an athlete that is not a current member of Special Olympics, USA Swimming, YMCA, Paralympics, or US Masters who has been certified through Advanced Technical Aquatics and have become a Flex member athlete of USA Swimming or, if older than 18, has joined US Masters after completion of the GUI Registration.
The Non-qualifying Session- will be for Special Olympic swimmers only. Each agency will have the ability to submit up to 10 non-qual swimmers. We recommend five (5) 14 and under and five (5) 15 and older. The non-qualifying session is on a first come first served basis. The capacity of the non-qualifying session will not exceed 100 participants in total. The non-qual session will have 10 exhibition heats of 25yard freestyle. Participants will be seeded according to their registered times and heats will be organized from slowest to fastest.
Unified VIP Relays- line-up for the unified relays will be exhibition races and will include two Special Olympians and two non-Special Olympic athletes. VIP unified relays will include two Special Olympians, one non-Special Olympian and a VIP. The minimum donation for any individual or teams wishing to race in a VIP line-up with a 2016 Rio Olympic swimmer is $250. Special Olympic swimmers will be chosen by lottery to participate in a VIP relay. Special Olympic Agencies must submit one name per agency for drawing.
Qualifying Times- are selected from and based on the Paralympic Level 3 Southern Zone LSC motivational time standards.
Facility- West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center, 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Berkeley Lake, GA 30071, 678-407-8801.
This facility seats 750 and contains both a competition pool and a four (4) lane instruction pool for warm down. The competition pool is 10 lanes 25yards by 25 meters with a Datroniks scoreboard. The competition course has been certified in accordance with 104.2.2C(4). The copy of such certification is on file with USA Swimming and GA Swimming. The water depth of the pool is 12 feet at the start end and 4 feet at the turn end. 25 yard events will start from the blocks at the deep end.
Spectator seating is provided on the second-story bleachers
Spectators will not be allowed on the pool deck
Folding chairs are prohibited on the pool deck, in the lobby of the building, or on the second story balcony, by order of the fire marshall, except where needed for disabled persons.
Facility Locker Rooms- shall be designated for participating athletes only. No coaches, officials, volunteers or spectators may utilize these facilities.
Meet Format- all events will be pre-seeded and will be contested as timed finals. Unified relays will be considered exhibition relays.
Meet Fees- There are no entry fees. A facility surcharge of $25.00 per swimmer will be applicable. Participating athletes and teams are asked to create a donation drive to support Special Olympics.
Entries- Swimmers may swim a maximum of four (4) individual events per day or three (3) individual events and one relay. No deck entries will be allowed.
Entry Submission- ENTRY DEADLINE: Date: 09/10/2109 Time: 10:00 PM. Entry can be made through this website or through Hy-Tek team manager. Entries through Hy-Tek must include the USA Swimming Club Code and each swimmer’s USA Swimming number, first and last name, age, and seeding time for each event entered.
Rules- Georgia Swimming Tech Suit Policy - refer to www.gaswim.org
Select: Meets/Events from the home page to review full policy
Revised: Effective April 1, 2019: In all Georgia Swimming Sanctioned or Approved competitions, the use of Tech Suits as defined below will NOT be allowed by any 12&Under athletes (whether competing in age-specific or “Open” events). 11-12 swimmers only will be allowed to wear Tech Suits at meets determined as Championship meets in the LSC such as Divisionals, State Championships, and Age Group Sectionals.
The current USA Swimming, Inc., rules will govern the conduct of this meet unless otherwise noted.
Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.
Any swimmer entered in the meet, must be certified as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water. When unaccompanied by a member coach, it is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement.
Deck changes are prohibited. (Defined as changing, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room, bathroom, changing room or other space designated for changing purposes). Swimmers participating in deck changing could be subject to removal from further competition in the meet.
On deck registrations will not be permitted during this event.
Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coaches’ areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and /or spectators are present. Exceptions may be granted with prior written approval by the Program Operations Vice Chair, Program & Events Committee Chair or designee.
Photos and videos may be taken of swimmers during the meet by parents or a professional photographer retained by the host club. All participants agree to be filmed or photographed by photographers designated by the meet host and to allow the meet host the right to use names, pictures, likenesses, and biographical information before, during, or after the period of participation in Special Olympics, USA Swimming, YMCA, US Masters, Paralympics, Georgia Swimming competitions to promote swimming and meets hosted by the meet organizer. If you do not wish to have your child(ren) photographed, you may withdraw your consent by informing the Meet Director before the start of the first day of the meet.
Swimmers will be responsible for swimming in their assigned heat and lane.
Deck Pass is acceptable proof of USA Swimming membership.
Swimmers entered in the meet, unaccompanied by a member coach must report to the Meet Referee or Meet Director, prior to the beginning of swimming activities to arrange for coach supervision of warm up, competition and warm down during the meet.
Coaches- will be required to sign in and show proof of registration card for verification for their respective communities. A coaches’ meeting will be held 15 minutes before the start of the meet on Saturday, September 21,2019. One coach or representative from each club is requested to attend since coaches are responsible for all information discussed and disseminated at the meeting. Subsequent meetings will be arranged if needed. Coaches arriving late should check in with the Meet Referee upon arrival.
Officials- this meet will be officiated by USA Swimming member officials. There will be an official’s meeting ONE (1) hour prior to the start of each session. The official’s uniform will consist of a white polo collared shirt, navy blue shorts, skirts or slacks with white socks and shoes. All officials must present at check in, their current LSC Officials Certification Card; OR a recently completed Apprentice Form; AND proof of current USA Swimming Non-Athlete membership. Credentials may be required for deck access and hospitality.
Volunteers- all on deck volunteers must be either USA Swimming certified or have been certified through Special Olympics Georgia. Proof of your certification must be presented prior to the beginning of the session for which you will be volunteering.
Awards- No awards will be given for qualifying sessions at this meet.
Team Scoring- No team scoring will be kept at this meet.
Liability- All participants hereby acknowledge and agree that Special Olympics, USA Swimming, Inc., Georgia Swimming, Inc., and Advanced Technical Aquatics, LLC, shall be free and held harmless from any liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.
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